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Oregon Nikkei: Reflections of an American Community
This exhibit celebrates the lives and contributions of Oregon's Nikkei community, and evokes memories of shared experiences - from early settlement through the unique challenges of World War II and into the 21st century. Please join us at the Legacy Center for a unique and educational glimpse of Japanese American life in Oregon.
Nisei Trilogy is a three print suite dedicated to the "Nisei," second generation Japanese Americans. Despite being Americans by birthright, the Nisei were denied their constitutional rights and placed in concentration camps for the duration of World War II.
The images were created by artist Roger Shimomura. The text was provided by Larry Matsuda. Both artist and poet were incarcerated in Camp Minidoka, Idaho, during the war and were later raised and educated in Seattle.
Collections Up Close | 2018
Beginning in 2018, the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center's gallery has become an archival processing center to inventory, catalog, and photograph Oregon Nikkei Endowment's permanent collection. This year is an opportunity to observe collections staff and volunteers at work during the collections process, as well as to view never-before-seen artifacts from our collection that will be displayed in small exhibitions throughout the year.
Baseball and Bowling: Sports Memorabilia from Minidoka and Post-WWII Portland
Arts and Crafts Made in the Japanese American Incarceration Camps
A Soldier’s Story: The Photo
Album of Yukimori Okimoto Who Served during WWII with the 522nd Field Artillery, Liberators of the Subcamps of Dachau
Oregon Nikkei Endowment presents artifacts belonging to Yukimori Harold Okimoto, a sergeant in the Japanese American 522nd Field Artillery Battalion of the 442nd. In 2017 Okimoto's daughter, Debra Whitecotton, donated this collection to Oregon Nikkei Endowment in honor of her father. The highlight of the collection is an album kept by Okimoto of photos taken while he was stationed in Europe during World War II. This display is a rare opportunity to see snapshots of Nisei soldiers in camp and traveling around war-torn Europe.
The 522nd Field Artillery Battalion was comprised of Japanese Americans, many of whom had family members living in incarceration camps back in the States. One of the fastest and most efficient artillery units in Europe, the 522nd played a major role in liberating the Nazi sub camps of Dachau.
Oshu Nippo: Artifacts from Portland’s Japanese Language Newspaper, 1909-1951
PCC Student Photos
We have posted on our Flickr page photos by Portland Community College photography students. Inspired by work of Motoya Nakamura and his recent Sakura Sakura exhibition, these photographs are also currently on display in the windows of the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center.
During the month of May, the students took dozens of pictures of our Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood, which was once the heart of Portland's historic Japantown. They were guided through these streets around the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center by their class instructor Motoya Nakamura.
Joining the students were members of the Portland Photographic Society. They later juried the students' work and selected their very best photos which we are now able to share with you!
Which photographs do YOU like the most? Please share in the comments on Flickr!
Explore Portland's historic Japantown with this walking tour of the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood. The city's vibrant pre-WWII Japanese American community is archived in over 125 photographs and audio clips. Watch historic Japantown street life reappear in "then and now" photographic dissolves.
Japantown PDX documents the vitality of this once-thriving Nihonmachi as well as its sudden disappearance in the spring of 1942 when all people of Japanese ancestry were removed from the West Coast. In addition to telling Portland's Japantown story, this app explores the remarkably diverse Old Town neighborhood in tour stops that honor its African American, Chinese and LGBT roots. Open the iPhone App Store and search for "Japantown" or visit the Apple iTunes store for more information.
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